Miami and Notre Dame to play outdoor game at Chicago’s Soldier Field
August 31, 2012 04:55 PM
Chicago, IL… Outdoor hockey is coming to Soldier Field for the first time in the venue’s history. The home of the NFL’s Chicago Bears will host the inaugural Hockey City Classic - an outdoor doubleheader featuring the CCHA’s Notre Dame vs. Miami and the WCHA’s Minnesota vs. Wisconsin – on Feb. 17, 2013.
The puck drops at noon CT when the Fighting Irish face off against the RedHawks, followed immediately by the Golden Gophers taking on the Badgers at approximately 3:30 p.m. CT.
Individual tickets for the Hockey City Classic will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. CT on Monday, Oct. 1. Tickets are valid for both games and may be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000 or at Ticketmaster outlets.
Ticket prices range from $15-$85. For a seating map and pricing options, please log on to: hockeycityclassic.com. Group tickets of 20 or more will become available in September. To be notified when group tickets are available, register at hockeycityclassic.com.
The Hockey City Classic will be preceded by two weeks of winter festivities including public skating, youth, high school and adult hockey games and more. The Hockey City Classic is being organized by Chicago-based sports and entertainment marketing agency Intersport, in partnership with Soldier Field and the Chicago Park District.
"Intersport is very excited to bring outdoor hockey to Soldier Field for the very first time," Drew Russell, Intersport Associate Vice President, said. "We have worked closely with Soldier Field and each participating university to offer many affordable pricing options. Tickets will be on sale for as low as $15 and more than 60% of the tickets on sale will be $40 or less. Club seating will be offered at premium levels. This is going to be an outstanding event that hockey fans across the Midwest can enjoy."
"As a Chicago-based company, Intersport could not be more proud to launch the first-ever outdoor college hockey event in the great City of Chicago," said Charlie Besser, President & CEO of Intersport. "Chicago is Hockey City! More fans attend hockey games in this city than in any other. Chicago is the perfect place, February is the perfect time and Soldier Field and the Chicago Park District are the perfect partners. Chicago, the Hockey City, will love to see four great college hockey programs collide on the lakefront and we are proud to bring this event to our hometown."
The Hockey City Classic will be the first outdoor game in the modern era for three of the four participants - Miami, Minnesota and Notre Dame.
"This is a great opportunity for us to play in such a historic stadium in a city with a lot of both Miami University alumni and Miami Hockey alumni," Miami head coach Enrico Blasi said. "We are grateful for the opportunity and look forward to playing one of our big rivals in the University of Notre Dame in our first outdoor game."
"It's a great thrill for Notre Dame to play our first outdoor game in Chicago at historic Soldier Field," Notre Dame head coach Jeff Jackson said. "With so many Irish fans, alumni and current players hailing from the Windy City, it will be a homecoming of sorts. Joining three other great hockey programs at this event will create a tremendous day of college hockey for the great hockey fans of Chicago."